Commonplace Book #178

1927: I wish that some of our romanticists and sentimentalists could sit through a series of meeting where the real social problems of a city are discussed. They would be cured of their optimism. A city which is built around a productive process and which gives only casual thought and incidental attention to its human problems is really a kind of hell. Thousands in this town [Detroit] are really living in torment while the rest of us eat, drink, and make merry. What a civilization!

Reinhold Niebuhr, Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic, 115.